TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say 4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League gamesby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNine per cent of Britons admit to having illegally streamed at least one Premier League game over the past 12 months, according to new research by the personal finance comparison site finder.com, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure equates to roughly 4.5 million people over the course of a single season, with a ‘high proportion’ of UK pirate content consumption coming from soccer-related streaming.According to Finder.com’s research, more than 81 per cent of Britons have been subscribed to a streaming service in some capacity over the last year, while 17 per cent admit to streaming films, movies or sports illegally in the same period.’This means that of all those who illegally stream across the UK, 24 per cent view Premier League games,’ the report said. ‘When you look at the numbers of people who illegally stream any type of sport, the number rises to 44 per cent of illegal streamers, or 16 per cent of all Brits.’While both male (83 per cent) and female (81 per cent) respondents said they are streaming content over the last year, men (25 per cent) tended to illegally stream more often compared to women (17 per cent), according to the research.Of these, 14 per cent of male audiences were found to illegally stream soccer compared to other sports (12 per cent), and is double the number of female viewers who admitted to doing the same. Meanwhile, streamers aged between 25 and 34 are the most likely to illicitly stream Premier League matches.Regionally, London-based consumers are the most prolific for illegally streaming Premier League (21 per cent), with Scotland (17 per cent) coming second. The two regions with the lowest percentage of illegal football streamers were Wales (four per cent) and East Anglia (six per cent).
SENLIS, France — A roundabout next to the busiest of France’s motorways has been transformed into a symbol of the yellow vest revolt — and the protesters camped out here for the past two months are digging in for the long haul.With its makeshift grocery, camp beds and community spirit, the large central island about 60 kilometres north of Paris is home to dozens of yellow vest protesters who gather there day in, day out to organize their fight against the French government.Like the reflective safety vests, occupied roundabouts have become a trademark of the protest movement shaking up France. Ahead of a ninth straight weekend of planned protests in Paris and across France, demonstrators in Senlis are adamant they are digging in for the long haul.Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press
New Delhi: Ricky Ponting Tuesday unequivocally backed Rishabh Pant for the number four slot in India’s World Cup line-up and even saw him as one capable of winning the tournament. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly marked the young wicketkeeper-batsman as one for the future, calling him a “huge asset”. With little over two months to go for the World Cup and the number four batsman yet to be decided, it could now boil down to performance in the Indian Premier League, according to Ganguly. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh But Ponting, a two-time World Cup winning Australian captain, left nothing to doubt when discussions turned to Pant. “The first thing I would do is pick him in that Indian squad for the World Cup, I would play him as a batter, I would play him at number four. He is the sort of guy, with that kind of talent, he can win you a World Cup, he has just got that x-factor,” Ponting said. Ganguly added, “Anybody who wants to succeed in shorter formats of the game he has to go up, we have seen the best in world do that. If you send Rishabh at number four, he will score runs for you because he is so talented, he has got so much time to play. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “In his short career he has been remarkable for India and once he starts getting opportunity consistently, he will be a top player.” Pant had a terrific start to his Test career, becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to score centuries in England and Australia, but there is a perception that he hasn’t showed the temperament or tasted as much success in the shorter formats. During an interaction organised by the Delhi Capitals, Ganguly didn’t agree with the viewpoint. “Look at the way he played in the IPL last year, he got a full tournament, 14 games, and he was probably the second highest run-getter in the IPL last year. “The problem with him in shorter formats is that he doesn’t get regular cricket because you have a champion in MS Dhoni who actually plays most of the shorter formats, so Rishabh is coming in and going out all the time and that’s never good for anybody, however quality a player you are,” Ganguly said. Pant’s exploits with the willow has the taken the cricket world by storm in recent months. Ganguly said, “The reason he succeeds in Test cricket is because he plays consistently. How many Indian wicketkeeper-batsmen have got Test hundreds in England and Australia, and he scored them at ease. It’s not that he struggled, it’s not that he looked out of place against fast bowling. “For me, he is your future. For the next 10 years, you will see that boy a lot in all formats of the game and not because he plays for Delhi, he can play for anyone he wants to.” Pant will be eyeing a successful IPL with the rechristened Delhi Capitals. “Just the serious talent he is, he is a hard worker, I have been watching him at nets for the last four years, he is always the first one to come out and bat for longer periods. He will be huge asset to Indian cricket in the years to come,” said Ganguly.
Kolkata: BJP national president Amit Shah will address two meetings at Cooch Behar and Raigunj on March 30. He will again address a public rally on April 3 in North Bengal. Narendra Modi is likely to address two meetings at Siliguri and Kolkata on April 3, while Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also address public meetings. However, the time of Modi’s address in the two cities has not yet been finalised. In Raigunj, BJP candidate Nimu Bhowmick got over 2 lakh votes in 2014. There will be a four-way fight in the constituency with Mohammed Salim of CPI(M) and Deepa Das Munshi of Congress will be fighting against Kanaia Lal Agarwal of Trinamool Congress. In 2014, Das Munshi had got 3.15 lakh votes, while Salim had got 3.17 lakh. In Cooch Behar, Paresh Chandra Adhikary, former minister in the Left Front regime, has been nominated by Trinamool Congress.
New Delhi: Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law Rajiv Kochhar moved a Delhi court Wednesday seeking cancellation of look out circular (LOC) against him in an alleged bank loan fraud and money laundering case registered against them.The court is likely to hear the application on Thursday. Chanda, her husband Deepak and Rajiv have been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Rajiv has been questioned by the CBI as well in the same case in the past as well. He is the founder of Singapore-based Avista Advisory. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghRajiv was asked by CBI sleuths about the help he had extended to Videocon in relation to a loan from ICICI Bank, which was part of a Rs 400-billion credit given by a consortium of 20 banks to the group’s main promoter, Venugopal Dhoot. The searches were conducted at the premises of Chanda, her family and Dhoot in Mumbai and Aurangabad. ED registered a criminal case under the PMLA early this year against Chanda, Deepak, Dhoot and others to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning Rs 1,875-crore loans by ICICI Bank to the corporate group. The action was based on an FIR registered by the CBI. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadCBI has named the three as also Dhoot’s companies — Videocon International Electronics Ltd (VIEL) and Videocon Industries Limited (VIL) — in its case. The anti-corruption probe agency also named Supreme Energy, a company founded by Dhoot, and NuPower Renewables, a company controlled by Deepak, in the FIR. It has slapped sections of the Indian Penal Code related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act on all the accused. The CBI alleged that Dhoot had invested in Nupower through his firm Supreme Energy in a quid pro quo to loans cleared by ICICI Bank after Chanda took over as the CEO of the bank on May 1, 2009.
Ohio State assistant coach Chris Holick (6) embraces and greets players after the top of the fifth inning in Ohio State’s 2-1 win against Cal State Northridge in extra innings on Mar. 16 in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey | Lantern ReporterEarly starts dictated success in Daytona, Florida, as the Ohio State baseball team (7-5) split its four-game series against Bethune-Cookman (5-6). Game 1A comeback fell short for the Buckeyes in Florida on Friday. Despite an 11-strikeout game from redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway, Ohio State (5-4) came up short against Bethune-Cookman (4-4), losing 4-3. Lonsway had the most strikeouts by an Ohio State pitcher in nine years in the losing effort. Ohio State then-junior Alex Wimmers struck out 11 batters back in 2010 in a game against Minnesota. Junior pitcher Anthony Maldonado allowed only three hits and one run in seven innings of work for the Wildcats for his first win of the season. Bethune-Cookman redshirt senior center fielder Zach Spivey got a two-out hit with the bases loaded to drive in two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats would add two more runs to balloon the lead to 4-0. Ohio State surged late with a two-run single by freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo in the bottom of the ninth inning to reduce the deficit to one run. Redshirt senior pitcher Brandon Wilkes recorded the last out for the Wildcats to earn his second save of the season. Game 2The Buckeyes bounced back with their third shutout win of the season. Ohio State (6-4) defeated Bethune-Cookman (4-5) by a score of 6-0. Freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn earned his second win of the season in 6 1/3 innings of work. Despite allowing 10 hits, the Buckeyes turned three double plays to prevent any damage on the scoreboard. The baserunning for Ohio State made an impact as well, with a season-high four stolen bases. After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Buckeyes never looked back. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone produced three hits and an RBI in the win. Senior pitcher Tyler Krull was given the loss for the Wildcats. Game 3An explosive showing from the bats helped Ohio State to its second straight win. The Buckeyes (7-4) beat Bethune-Cookman (4-6) by a score of 16-9 on Sunday, the most runs the Buckeyes have scored in a game this season. Five different Buckeyes had multiple-RBI games, including a three-RBI game from junior shortstop Noah West.The Buckeyes pounced to a 14-1 lead before the Wildcats stepped up to hit in the bottom of the second inning. Despite giving up his most runs this season, sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith earned his third win in 2019. Smith had six earned runs in five innings of work. Junior pitcher Bryan Melendez was given his first loss of the season for the Wildcats. Game 4Ohio State lost the series finale to split the series with Bethune-Cookman.The Buckeyes (7-5) could not overcome an early deficit to the Wildcats (5-6) in their 8-3 loss. Missed opportunities and free baserunners plagued the Buckeyes throughout the game. Although seven runs were scored during junior pitcher Jake Vance’s time of the mound, only two counted as earned runs against him after a six-run second inning fueled by an error and a flyball lost in the sun. The Buckeyes also allowed seven walks in the contest, tying the season-high for walks previously set in both of the Texas A&M Corpus Christi games.Senior first baseman Danny Rodriguez drove in three RBIs for the Wildcats. Vance fell to 1-1 on the year, and Jordan Pinto earned his second win of the season. Ohio State takes on Furman in Greenville, South Carolina as part of the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational. The game is set for 6 p.m. Friday.
Arsene Wenger has dismissed concerns over the lack of attendance in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday’s league matchThree late second-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (twice) and Alexandre Lacazette secured the three points for Wenger’s side. But the match was largely overshadowed by the notable lack seats being unoccupied in the stands.Arsenal found themselves being booed by their own supporters at the end of the first-half with Aaron Ramsey having clipped the crossbar in what was their only chance in the opening 45 minutes.However, a foul by Bruno Martins Indi on Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal an unexpected penalty with Aubameyang slotting home to give the Gunners the lead. The Gabon international then later added his second of the game by heading in a Ozil corner.Arsenal were later awarded another penalty when Badou Ndiaye’s pushed substitute Lacazette inside the box. The Frenchman then coolly slotted home the penalty to secure his side a 3-0 win at the Emirates.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Speaking after the match, Wenger insisted that it was due to Arsenal no longer being involved in any challenge that had resulted in the large absence of supporters during the win. But the Frenchman is confident that they fans will return for their Europa League quarter-final clash against CSKA Moscow on Thursday.“It’s just down to the fact that we’re not fighting for the championship,” said the Arsenal coach, according to the BBC.“People know that will not change now. They will be back on Thursday, don’t worry.“It’s explainable by the fact that it’s Easter. It’s a family happening where people go away and it’s a fact that we don’t think about a lot in the Premier League. There’s also the fact that we had a break.”Arsenal remain in sixth place in the Premier League standings with their only realistic chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League depending on whether they will be able to win the Europa League.
Juventus new signing Mattia Caldara has revealed that Mario Mandzukic is ‘the toughest player I’ve marked’ as his ‘most impressive opponent’ was Douglas Costa.“The objective is to play as much as possible. I’m aware that it’ll be complicated, but I’ll try to play for my chances and show I’m worthy of this jersey,” he said via Football Italia.“Family? Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I’ve always been close to them during times of difficulty, so I thank them, as well as my girlfriend, who is always close to me.“I’m lucky to be surrounded by people who love me. Gasperini? He gave me so much in these two years, he told me not to be afraid and to show my qualities.“I’ll always be indebted to him. Without him I wouldn’t be here because he extracted from me something me that I didn’t even think I had.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The toughest player I’ve marked? It’s always been Mandzukic in terms of physicality and character.“Ronaldo? It’s better that I don’t have to think about marking him! Thank goodness he’s my teammate…“Allegri? I understood him immediately because he’s won so much. He knows how to manage great players, he knows when to have a joke and when to be strict.“We haven’t said much until now, but he also agreed with my arrival. Most impressive opponent? Douglas Costa.“He always gets past at least two players, he’s phenomenal. I lived those games [against Juve] with even more motivation because I wanted to show that I was good enough for them.”
Spain demolished Croatia 6-0 in Elche. Rodrigo, Isco, Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio and Saul all wrote their names on the score sheet in Croatia’s worst ever defeat in international football. Spain starting lineup David de Gea, Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Jose Luis Gaya, Sergio Busquets, Saul Niguez, Dani Ceballos, Isco, Marco Asensio, Rodrigo Croatia starting lineup Lovre Kalinic, Josip Pivaric, Domagoj Vida, Matej Mitrovic, Sime Vrsaljko, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Ivan SantiniIn the 5th minute, de Gea and his defenders made a mess of a simple situation with some unnecessarily risky passes. Ivan Rakitic stole the ball and fired a shot which went by like a bullet past the far post. Spain got lucky. A couple of minutes later, Perisic was caught napping on the defensive end, putting the opposition in a goalscoring position. Dani Carvajal got behind him and inside the penalty area, but his attempt at finding Rodrigo was blocked by Mitrovic. Ivan Santini had a great goalscoring opportunity of his own when he was left unmarked by Spain’s defense. He got at the end of a Sime Vrsaljko cross, but missed the net by centimeters.Saul’s second goal in the space of four days opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. The goal was fairly simple. A long ball to Carvajal, who crossed it with the outside part of his foot. Saul Niguez flew in from midfield and headed the ball home to give Spain a 1-0 lead.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid join forces, as Dani Carvajal tees up Saul Niguez for the perfect header. Spain leads World Cup finalist Croatia in the #NationsLeague early on (via @UnivisionSports) pic.twitter.com/7oFCcXmHi1— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) September 11, 2018Ten minutes later, Marco Asensio scored a spectacular first goal wearing Spain’s shirt. He just blasted the ball from over 20 meters out, beating an unprepared Lovre Kalinic and gave his side a 2-0 advantage.BOOOM | Marco Asensio ! ?#SPACRO 2️⃣-0️⃣ pic.twitter.com/xnWjvZMWRA— Eleven Sports BE (@ElevenBE_fr) September 11, 2018Two minutes later, he did it again. He received a ball at the right flank, where he was all alone. Asensio came on to his stronger left foot, aimed the ball towards goal and struck another thunderbolt which ricochetted off the bar, off Kalinic’s back and into the net. 3-0 Spain. Remarkable.2 goals in 2 minutes for Spain! ⏰It may go down as an own-goal, but what an effort from Marco Asensio to make it 3-0…???Watch live on Sky Sports PL now!Follow: https://t.co/clJVVjgKuU pic.twitter.com/nMeE2aLFpF— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 11, 2018Rodrigo had a header go wide right before the half-time whistle sounded. Croatia had a couple of chances which if used would’ve changed the entire complexity of the contest. They weren’t, and Luis Enrique’s team took full advantage. The acres of space left on the flanks didn’t do any service to Dalic’s men either.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Five minutes into the second period, Rodrigo extended Spain’s lead to 4-0. He ran away from Domagoj Vida, avoiding an offside trap in the process, and was found with a neat pass by Marco Asensio. Rodrigo then routinely beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation, putting the ball through his legs. Zlatko Dalic was sitting on the bench in despair.The future is bright for Spain! ???It looks like they are back on the international scene with a bang as they lead World Cup finalists Croatia 4-0! ?Watch live on Sky Sports PL now!Follow: https://t.co/clJVVjgKuU pic.twitter.com/axdxVvbvj0— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 11, 2018Things only got worse when Sergio Ramos was left alone during a corner kick and bowed down to make it 5-0.#NationsLeague??? España 5-0 Croacia ??¡Goooool de España!Apareció sin marca Sergio Ramos para hacer el quinto de La Roja. pic.twitter.com/0WIimZaPpK— Nación Deportes (@naciondeportes_) September 11, 2018It was getting to the point where Croatia’s players just wanted for the match to be over sooner and catch a flight back home. Rodri replaced Busquets after Ramos’ goal. Marko Pjaca for Marcelo Brozovic and Thiago Alcantara for Saul Niguez, who left the pitch under a standing ovation from his hometown crowd in Elche, were the next two changes. Spain weren’t about to slow down. In the 70th minute, Isco made it 6-0. Asensio found him inside the box, the Real Madrid man made a dummy move to fool Vida and shot the ball in the opposite corner.Sensational touch and finish from Isco ?? pic.twitter.com/M74BNcu6nL— FootyStats (@FootyStats_org) September 11, 2018After the goal, Marko Livaja came in for Ivan Santini. The final substitution for Luis Enrique was Cesar Azpilicueta for Dani Carvajal. In the 85th minute, Rodrigo broke away from Vida again and nearly scored his second goal of the contest. Vida managed to block the striker’s left-footed effort with his backheel. Moments later, Isco had a chance for a second as well. Spain came perilously close to goal number seven in the 90th minute, when Vida’s deflection came onto the foot of Thiago Alcantara, whose powerful shot was saved by Kalinic. On the rebound, Rodrigo redirected the ball towards goal with an overhead kick. Ceballos got a touch on it, but didn’t find the net.After three minutes of injury time, the referee put an end to Croatia’s worst ever defeat in international football.
Eden Hazard reportedly sustained a back problem in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Manchester United and is now an injury doubt for Chelsea’s next two gamesThe 27-year-old winger has had an impressive start to the season under new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.The Blues are unbeaten in the Premier League this term and currently lie just two points off leaders Manchester City and Liverpool in third place.But now the Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea have suffered a major blow with Hazard struggling to recover from a back injury.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The Belgium captain played the full 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge over the weekend, but is now a doubt ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League game against BATE Borisov.It also remains uncertain whether Hazard can recover in time for Chelsea’s trip to Burnley on Sunday.The loss of the Belgian will come as a big blow for Chelsea considering Alvaro Morata’s continued struggles in front of goal.Hazard has managed eight goals and three assists in 11 games across all competitions for Chelsea this season.